The Gelfand Family Charitable Trust promotes student engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. We partner with educational and NGO organizations to provide hands-on enrichment projects that inspire STEM teaching/learning in grades K thru 12 and beyond. We have initiated many of the projects listed below.
                         For many of the GFCT projects, you can learn more by clicking their report icon, which looks like this:  


  • Massachusetts State Science Fair partnership with GFCT called “GEMS Curious Minds Initiative”, promotes inquiry-based teaching through science&engineering competitions. Click for details Participating schools:   Andover West Middle School, Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, Billerica Public Schools, Boston Public Schools (East Boston, Boston Green Academy, The Engineering School, Excel High School, Mary-Lyons School, Orchard Gardens, Rafael Hernandez, Urban Science Academy, Washington Irving Middle School), Braintree High School, Brockton Public Schools Click for report, Douglas Public Schools Click for report, Drury High School, Durfee High School, Lowell Public Schools, Quincy High School, Randolph High School, St Mary’s High School (Lynn), Triton Regional High School, Worcester Technical High School, Whitman-Hanson Public Schools.
  • Enrichment and robotics:   Brighton High School Burning Tigers robotics team Click for report, Beverly Public Schools, Danvers Public Schools, Fenway High School, KIPP Academy-Lynn, Lynn Public Schools, Marblehead Community Charter Public School, Peabody Public Schools, Salem Academy Charter School, Salem High School, Salem Saltonstall School, St Stephens Armenian School (Watertown), Sharon High School, Swampscott Public Schools Click for report, Swampscott Library STEM Click for report, Whitman-Hanson Regional School District (upper primary).
  • School labs:   Briscoe Middle School science lab (Beverly), Ashfield Middle School and South Middle School science labs (Brockton), Lowell Public Schools Science and Technology IDEA Labs (Lowell) Click for report, Tracy Elementary School computer lab (Lynn), KIPP High School science labs (Lynn), Swampscott High School robotics lab and STEM enrichment program (Swampscott).
  • Combined Jewish Philanthropies Jewish Day Schools science fair.   Participating schools:   Bais Yaakov of Boston, Cohen-Hillel Academy, Gann Academy, Jewish Community Day School, Kehillah Schechter Academy, Maimonides School, Mesivta High School, MetroWest Jewish Day School, New England Hebrew Academy, The Rashi School, Shaloh House, Striar Hebrew Academy, Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, Torah Academy.
  • Conferences:   Early Childhood STEM (Hebrew College).
  • Partnerships with organizations that provide STEM enrichment:
    • Know Atom provides complete curricular systems for hands-on STEM in elementary and middle schools. Click for report
    • Lawrence Youth Development Organization new STEM DesignLabs in underserved Lawrence, MA. Click for newsletter
    • MassPEP pre-engineering program in underserved Boston.
    • Science from Scientists improves STEM awareness for grades 4-8 through hands-on activities. Click for overview
    • University of Massachusetts-Lowell Future Engineers Center ran a pre-engineering program for 10 years. Click for report

United States


  • Burundi
  • Ethiopia
    • Unique array of interconnected STEM Centers established:     (at least one STEM Center in every Ethiopian regional state!)
    • STEM Outreach programs (a partnership with university facilities and local municipal schools and science clubs): Click for article
      • Axum University. Click for large PDF
      • Bahir Dar UniversityClick for report
      • Adama Science Technology UniversityClick for report
      • Additional STEM Outreach programs: Adama U, AddisAbaba U, ArbaMinch U, Gondar U Click for report, Haramaya U, Hawassa U, Jimma U, Mekele U, Wollega U, Wollo Dessie U. And seven more university STEM Outreach programs funded by the Ministry of Education.
        Update: Now fully funded by the MoE and operating at all 31 Ethiopian universities.
    • Public school campuses built, including labs:
      • Foka Primary School (Bishoftu: Oromiya). Click for history
      • Gondar-area primary schools add new first-cycle high schools: Abweram, Aymba, Sankisa, and Walaj Click for report.
      • Kalamino Special secondary school (Mekele: Tigray) dormitory and enhancements.
      • Inda Aba Guna Special High School (near Shire: Tigray). Click for report
      • International Interlakes Primary School (Bishoftu: Oromiya). Click for story
      • Mykinetal Secondary School (near Adwa: Tigray). Click report Click for story
      • Rufael Primary and Secondary School (Azezo/Gondar: Amhara). Click for story
      • Wukro secondary school (Wukro: Tigray) Click for video
    • Public school labs outfitted:
      • Axum Secondary School (Axum: Tigray) science labs.
      • Iteya Secondary School (near Adama: Oromiya) computer virtualization. Joint project with US Peace Corps. Click for report
      • Boru Jawi Secondary School (near Iteya: Oromiya) computer virtualization, costless with Iteya project leftovers!
      • Queen of Sheba High School (Adwa: Tigray) computer lab. Click for report
      • Tigray region Virtualized Computer Labs (in 7 woredas: Tigray.) Preparation for national roll-out.
    • Museums and Conferences:
      • Addis Ababa Science Museum. Joint project with MadaTech Israel. Click for video
      • Gondar Space Science Technology conference (Gondar: Amhara) January 2014. Click for report
    • Related projects:
      • Ethiopian Institute for Agriculture Research (Wondo Genet: SNNPR) lab equipment to study native biologics. Click for report
      • Mekele Institute of Technology (Ethiopia’s MIT) student projects’ funding. Click for report
      • 4 containers of “Books for Africa” (~100,000 books) English literacy pre-requisite of STEM education. Click for report
      • Interlakes International School community water supply (Bishoftu: Oromiya). Click for report
      • School libraries established via Cynthia Fund and Ethiopia Reads:  (Gambela) Click for report, and (Quiha:Tigray) Click for report
      • Municipal library enhanced for community internet access: (Bishoftu: Oromiya). Click for report
      • New municipal libraries established: Mai Kenatal (near Adwa: Tigray). Click report
      • Engineers Without Borders-Mekele (Mekele: Tigray) joint agriculture drip projects with EWB-Israel. Click for report Click for visit report
      • Green Mark Herbs farm Click to see web site
  • Israel
  • Kenya
    • Beverly School of Kenya (Kinangop: Nairobi) science center established. Click for advert
    • Gelfand Bahati Ya Mke School (Ishiara: Embu) and agricultural STEM projects. Click for project proposal Click for Bahati Ya Mke story Click for project status
    • Kakuma Refugee Camp (Kakuma: Turkana) IsraAID certificate program in water tech. Click for report UNHCR recognition!
  • Rwanda
  • South Sudan
  • Uganda
    • Gulu Refugee Camp (Gulu District) IsraAID certificate program in water tech. Under Construction


In East Africa, the GFCT works closely with the following NGO organizations: